Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Crafternoon

I have recently been on the receiving end of a few gifts. Baby related items have begun to trickle in. I am so grateful when anyone takes the time out of their life to give a gift. I prefer to give handmade thank you cards as a sign of my appreciation, it feels much more personal than store bought thank you cards.


I am anticipating some more baby stuff will be rolling in as this due date continues to quickly approach. I am also pretty much assuming that once she is born all of my normal life will come to a complete halt for a few weeks while Eric and I figure out our new way -o- life. Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised to discover that parenting will be simple and sleep will not be a problem. I just keep reading books that suggest that Eric and I should give in and live like slobs for a few months. I have met many a new parent and they didn't really seem to have that little control, but you never know. To give myself a little break I have been trying to get things in order well in advance.


I recently spent the afternoon making thank you cards in advance. I made two templates, the umbrella and the birds you see in the photos. I kept it fairly simple, but I think the results were good.


The idea is that I will be able to get my thank you cards out in a reasonable time frame. I am even planning to have stamps purchased and ready to go. Do you have any other suggestions about things I could prepare in advance?

11 comments:

Michelle said...

Hi Maria (My mom works with your mom - and I finally think I have a good answer to one of your posts!!! Yay!)

I think that baby books do exaggerate the general concept of exhaustion in the beginning. Since all babies really do is eat, sleep, and poo - while sleep in never solid - it's often. Lots of nap times!! It's when they get to 3-4 months, still getting up at night, but not sleeping all day long either! But - if you get a good routine going - it's never as bad as it sounds (something that took me a Long time to figure out - as much as I hate routine).

As for your question about things to prepare in advance - meals! When you get a bit closer, make up your favorite meals that freeze well and freeze them. That way on those first few days your just tired or don't feel like cooking, you don't have to worry about it.

I wish I had thought of doing thank you cards first! That's a great idea!

AKM said...

I have no children yet so I don't have much advice, but I've heard that new parents love receiving food as much as anything! You might want to make a few casseroles and freeze them for those nights when you might be too tired to cook.

Emily said...

Great idea! It is nice to have those on hand, and homemade cards are really thoughtful. Also,if you feel up to it, try to make double portions of food that will freeze and reheat well. You will not want to be slaving away in the kitchen once Baby Girl arrives. So far all I have is some soup stored in my freezer, but I'm hoping to get a few more quick meals ready to go.

Elizabeth said...

just be ready to go with the flow. it doesn't mean you'll live like a slob. it just means that you sleep when baby sleeps, whether it's the middle of the night or the middle of the day. then you'll have enough energy to do a bit of this and a bit of that. and you live in a little house - so, not so much to keep up after. and you and eric have been together so long! - you don't have to figure stuff out between you - you'll manage just great!

the thank you cards and the meals are great ideas. how about a few extra laundry baskets? for dirty and clean baby clothes. and a little basket that holds diapers and wipes and bottom cream and extra burp cloths - that can follow you around the house wherever you may be.

AKM said...

Ha! We all seem to have the same idea. Better get to cookin'! :-) (I'd send you something yummy and cruelty-free, but it's probably a bad idea to send frozen lasagna out West from St. Louis! Hee hee!)

Robin said...

Sounds like you have a good start! Wash all of the baby clothes before you come home from the hospital. Get things out and ready, like diapers and such.

Yes, you will be a bit tired the first month or two, but it will get better. It's when the kiddos get older (around 9 months on) that things will get crazy and you won't find time to do much! But, you will be getting much better, longer sleep.

Chrissy said...

Well, I have had 3 kids.. Now they are adults with the exception of the youngest who is 18 1/2. You can read all the books but nothing works better than your common sense... What is written in those baby books should preface that one can strive for those expectations but bottom line is, you are the only one who knows how much u can do... If your house is not neat, oh well... The important thing is to not stress yourself out because baby's can sense anxiety,frustration, tears... And if someone offers to help out by sending a meal or watching the baby while u get a shower, take them up on it...

..... Carmen said...

Are you planning on sending out baby announcement cards? I'd have those ready and addressed envelopes too - then all you have to do is send bleary eyed Eric out to the post ;) I wouldn't go so far to say you'll be living like a slob, but a new little person in your home does turn things upside down a little. The up every two hours at night, despite nap times during the day, does wear one out. Just be prepared to go with the flow and don't stress about the little things. You'll get a routine going soon enough and those early days will pass quickly (though it may now seem like it at the time) :)

affectioknit said...

Your cards are lovely!!!

Stacy said...

It looks like you've gotten wonderful advice. I don't have anything to add. However, I do LOVE the cards.

Victoria said...

Great advice from your blogger Moms! I am sending you a link to a product I loved...they give you a few in the hospital..but, stock up, you won't regret it (sorry they are not very "green") but if you use them for just a while... http://www.northshorecare.com/crib-liners.html?gclid=CJaHm-26u5sCFRdinAodvSNiAQ

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